Perfect Picture Book Friday: One Family

I learned of this book last fall, just as we were heading into that prime family time: the holidays. I looked in the library, couldn’t find it there (yet), but I luckily managed to find it at a favorite indie bookstore while (theoretically) shopping for holiday gifts. I’m so happy I did, as this is a book that will be at the front of our family bookshelves for generations to come.

9780374300036_p0_v1_s118x184Title: One Family

Written By: George Shannon

Illustrated By: Blanca Gómez

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 4-6

Themes/Topics: Family; Counting; Diversity; Inclusivity; Community

Opening: “One is one. One lamp. One clock. One book to share.”

Brief Synopsis: In this richly-illustrated counting book, one stretches to ten, as collective nouns contain increasing numbers of items and the family illustrated in each two-page spread increases in number until, finally, we return to one world, one earth, one family, in which we all are included.

Links to Resources: Find other collective nouns and look to see whether all items in each group are the same or different; draw a picture of your family; make a family tree (note: this could include pictures of family members and ancestors, or could creatively show each family member’s character).

Why I Like this Book: The sparse, poetic language and rich illustrations make this a beautiful book. The diversity of families and settings and inclusivity add to its appeal. And the illustrated portraits on the inside covers create a story unto themselves. This truly is “one book to share” with children and grandchildren.

This Perfect Picture Book entry is being added to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book List. Check out the other great picture books featured there!

7 responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday: One Family

  1. What a wonderful book to touch on counting, family, and diversity all at once. That this book will have a prominent place on your bookshelf is the best praise of all. Thank you for sharing this book for PPBF!

  2. What a beautiful story about diversity and inclusiveness. I like the overall theme of how we are all connected … one world, one earth, one family.

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  4. This sounds great! So much is covered. Sounds like it could be a concept book and qiuet book at same time.

    I love the cover. 🙂

  5. I am intrigued to see how the collective nouns are used in this counting book, and of course, I love the diversity and inclusiveness. Good find.

  6. Oh Pat…this looks like the perfect book for teaching little ones about more than just counting…I’m off to get this book. Thanks for a stellar review!

  7. I’ve read this book and I agree that it’s one to share. I loved it!

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